Good News & Bad News

I gotta start with the bad news because I would hate to end on a sour note. This will be my last post for about a week (probably less). I have been using my phone camera for photos and I no longer have a charger so I gotta keep it off. But the next time I post – HOPEFULLY I’ll have real pictures taken from a real camera. And I’ll be back in the wonderful USA (that’s the good news)!

I leave Australia in 3 days. THREE days. I cannot believe that. I am very anxious to get home to some nice crisp weather (unlike this humid hot mess we got goin’ on over here). CANNOT wait to see my family and friends!

I went to the store for some last minute souvenirs and ended up finding a very cheap piece of a pumpkin (to cook haha that sounds weird, but it was not even 60 cents) and a sweet potato. YAY can’t wait to cook those up tonight for a nice comfort dinner. I’m planning on sautéing them together with a little honey and cinnamon (yep, sweet indeed).

OH and (more good news) I also bought my favorite snack in the world: BHUJA SPICY PEAS. I am going to attempt to keep them sealed until at least Wednesday. Ha, let’s see how that goes. They’ll be perfect for the plane(s) though. Along with the newest Cosmopolitan Magazine – it’s the January 2012 (Australian version – good souvenir, too 😉 ) issue and I am definitely refraining from reading it before I get on the plane. Lots to look forward to!


So like I said earlier, I was feeling quite ill this morning. I keep trying to figure out why and maybe it’s my iron deficiency? The doctor said it’s not extremely low, but it’s the only thing I could come up with. So I ate my last frozen burger for lunch.

Animal meat has the best kind of iron for your body. It’s the most easily digested, especially red meat. So yes – perfect pick-me-up! I feel better already!

I topped this burger with melty cottage cheese! On the side is two Cos Lettuce leaves with a whole tomato and sauteed onion and garlic. Hearty, me likey.

Then for some more greens:

A salad with yet MORE tomatoes and onions, along with cucumber. Dressed in lemon juice, evoo, salt, pepper & garlic powder.

This meal tasted like I was eating “taco bell”…except not really because nothing compares to Taco Bell. Did you know there are no Taco Bell’s in Australia? I know, I’ve been deprived for over five months….!

Any who, I rolled it up just like a taco, half of burger in each leaf. Holy YUM! Then I slapped on Siracha for some spice. Very satisfying, I think it was exactly what I needed. I’m so not cut-out to be a vegetarian. Meat is too yummy and fuels me so nicely (speaking of which – I haven’t had plain chicken in such a long time. Or salmon, which is not ‘meat’ but I’m getting my hands on some when I get home!).

Okay now I want chocolate.

Catchya on the flip side!!! 😀


I Heart Grocery Shopping

Seriously I love it. More than anything!!! I knowww I knowww I have no money. I do own a couple credit cards though… necessities are necessities.

The thing is, I am leaving in just about a week. I really didn’t want to buy more food before leaving but I honestly only have two oranges, a couple lemons and part of a zucchini & cucumber left. OH and a frozen burger.

I cannot live off of that nonsense for more than a day. Therefore, I convinced myself to get minimal needs for the rest of my time here. But then I walked into Woolworths…

Necessary? No. But they were cheap AND in the health food section. They really aren’t bad…gluten & dairy free (not that those are concerns) and about 60 calories for two cookies. Plus they get me into the Christmas spirit! Oh yes they are totallllly necessary.


Uh…yum!? Apple pie, cheesecake and sticky date yogurt!?

I was actually planning on buying yogurt because it is a staple for me and these were on sale! Holla.


Haven’t had soy beans in the longest time and when I saw this combo I nearly drooled thinking about them in my yogurt. Necessity.


I laugh at myself on a daily basis. Here’s one of the reasons. I literally scared the woman next to me as I jumped to grab these when I saw this decent-sized bag was only $1.99! PRUNES…. I know.

I also bought lettuce, two mangos, three apples, two onions, and some garlic.


I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to make granola (bars). They’ll be perfect for travels and I can eat them with my new delicious yogurt. So I went to town.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk to the left. Fruit & Nut to the right.

In this chocolaty/peanut buttery bar we have: oats, peanuts, almonds, cinnamon, pinch of  salt, vanilla extract, chopped dark chocolate, chopped ginger cookie (had to), tahini & honey (as the binder). These are more likely to stay together as actual bars, unlike these:

Yeah I’m thinking this is going to turn into granola. I was too anxious to carefully stir it all together correctly and I don’t think they’ll stick. We’ll see tomorrow, though.

They contain: oats, almonds, prunes, cinnamon, vanilla extract, pinch of salt, tahini & honey (as the binder), chopped gingernut cookie, and a majority of the goji/soy nut/etc. trail mix.

I snacked so hard on all of these delightful treats, therefore I will have a very light din. Maybe cottage cheese and something else. Unconventional, per usual… But I haven’t had cottage cheese in like- 6 months! Craving it.

I didn’t blog at all yesterday (and barely today) because I have been eating the same meals: oatmeal, yogurt, salads, blah blah blah. What can I say – I don’t like being a bore! Also, I will no longer be having oatmeal for brekky (sad face) because I used the rest of my oats on these damn granola bars. No worries, I will demolish them in no time. Probs for breakfast.